Buddha Dharma

There can be no greater gift, than the gift of dharma

 

The Big View | Wonderful site on Philosophy, with pages devoted to Buddhism, Greek Philosophy, Tao Te Ching, Mind & Consciousness, Space & Time, Past Life Analysis, Essays on philosophy, science, spirituality and other topics from various authors.

On Buddhism in particular, for me, this site holds the most succinct and basic of the Buddha’s Teachings with 9 Sections:  About Buddhism, The Life of Buddha, the Four Noble Truths, The Eightfold Path, The Precepts, Karma & Rebirth, Emptiness, Meditation, Symbols, The Dhammapada.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dhammapada

The Dhammapada, an anthology of 423 verses, is a collection of sayings of the Buddha in verse form and one of the most widely read and best known Buddhist scriptures.  The original version of the Dhammapada is in the Khuddaka Nikaya, a division of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism.

Each saying recorded in the collection was made on a different occasion in response to a unique situation that had arisen in the life of the Buddha and his monastic community. His commentary, the Dhammapada Atthakatha, presents the details of these events and is a rich source of legend for the life and times of the Buddha.  In my opinion, it is advisable to gain some understanding of the Four Noble Truths & The Noble Eightfold Path before one will be able to appreciate this “Treasury of Truth”.

The Dhammapada via Tipitaka.net  | Stories & Verses

An Illustrated Version of the Dhammapada | Verses & Explanations

The Way of the Buddha:  The Illustrated Dhammapada | Beautiful book via Amazon.com

 

Verse 1:
“All mental phenomena have mind as their forerunner;
they have mind as their chief; they are mind-made.
If one speaks or acts with an evil mind, ‘dukkha’ follows him
just as the wheel follows the hoofprint of the ox that draws the cart.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Podcasts – This is how I began learning:

Zencast.org | Weekly podcast on the teachings of the Buddha, available free of charge via the Insight Meditation Center (also available on iTunes)
Audio Dharma | Daily podcasts from reknowned Buddhist teachers (also available on iTunes)
Alan Watts |  One of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century (also available one at a time, weekly on iTunes)
Alan Watts – The Essential Lectures for $34.99

My Favorite Books on Buddhist Philosophy (via Amazon):

 

More On-Line Resources:

What The Buddha Said in Plain English | Beautiful & extensive site with a section of Dhamma Drops, many pages filled with tiny drops of the Buddha’s Wisdom.

Access To Insight | Modern translations of more than 1,000 important suttas from the Pali canon.  Search by topic.

The Six Different Schools of Buddhism | Wikipedia

Buddha Net | Wonderful library of free ebooks & educational resources, plus a daily readings calendar.

View on Buddhism | Lot’s of resources including a Where to Begin Page, including what do I tell my family and friends.

Buddha Sutra | A very complete collection of Sutras (Buddha’s First Sutra is bookmarked)

Buddhism.org | Good directory of centers by state

Buddhism.org | Listing of some of Buddha’s most popular Sutras

Tipitaka.net | A bulletin board of daily Buddhist related news and and goodhearted stories

Vipassana.com | Meditation Resources (although do not sign up for the on-line course.  I did not find it well designed or developed)

Lama Yesha | Site for the preservation of Mahayana Buddhism

Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley

Buddhist Publication Society | extensive collection of on-line reading material

Beatrice Santorini’s Page w/ Lists

Excellent Page for Buddhist Morality Lists

 

Blogs on Buddhism which I’ve enjoyed:

Zen Habits | One of the top 25 blogs in the world.  Zen Habits is about finding simplicity in the daily chaos of our lives.
Tiny Buddha | The site features tips and authentic stories from readers of all ages all over the globe.
Urban Dharma | Buddhism in America
The Blog of Leroy Watson | Riding effortlessly on a large green turtle (spirituality)

 

Some of my Favorite Readings & Teachings:

A Handbook for Mankind by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu | The Things We Cling To

 

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